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Kenneth M. Quinn
Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, worked closely with Dr. Norman Borlaug for almost a decade. A career American diplomat, he was the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia from 1996 to 1999.

He is also a member of the Advisory Group of the Chicago Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative.

Entries by Kenneth M. Quinn

The Missing Monument on the National Mall - A Tribute to Norman Borlaug on His 102nd Birth Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 7:35 PM

When Speaker Paul Ryan walks out onto his balcony on the west side of the Capitol, he has the breathtaking view of the National Mall sweeping to the west, lined with the monuments to America's greatest achievements.

As the Chairman of the State of Iowa Norman Borlaug Statue Committee,...

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A 4th of July Sidebar Discussion in Vienna

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 4:05 PM

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna, at some point, he might want to make a reference to an event that just took place at the State Department in Washington on July 1 -- the announcement of the 2015 World Food Prize...

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The One Person Both President Obama and President Rouhani Admire

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Even though President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani are both scheduled to address the UN later this week, there are reportedly no exchanges planned between them. Not a handshake, a phone call or a meeting. But there should be! There is a unique opportunity for them to take a small...

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Connecting Three Countries in the Battle Against Hunger

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Sometimes in life, there are moments worth celebrating, when everything comes full circle.

Today was one of those rare days.

Picture a globe. Then draw a few lines on it -- one stretching between the United States and Mexico, and one between Mexico and India. To tell the full...

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Rosa and Norm

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:28 PM

On March 25 they will be together for the first time ever. A seemingly odd Alabama-Iowa couple, in some ways, they were very similar. They both will be dressed simply, reflecting their humble origins. Both grew up on family farms raised by parents who had emerged from difficult circumstances.


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JFK, UN World Food Day and Confronting the Single Greatest Challenge in Human History

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 8:51 AM

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave his speech about going to the moon and less than a decade later, America had fulfilled that goal. Two years later, he gave a similar address about ending world hunger, but 50 years later our planet is still struggling with this objective. I...

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Biotechnology and Climate Volatility: The Debate We Must Have

(24) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 11:42 AM

On June 19, it was my privilege to stand on the stage with Secretary of State John Kerry in the Benjamin Franklin Reception Room at the State Department in Washington, D.C. and announce that Marc Van Montagu of Belgium and Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert Fraley of the United States will...

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What Would Norm Say?

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Given the decade-long relationship I had with him in building the World Food Prize, I am sometimes asked about what the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug might say about a particular topic.

So, if Norm, as everyone knew him, were still here, you might wonder...

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A Governor, a Canal, John Deere and the First American Agricultural Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:41 AM

February 16 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent by the U.S. Senate, officially ending the War of 1812. Looking back, it seems that the year 2012 managed to pass by without any significant reference to it having been the bicentennial anniversary of that conflict with...

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President Obama, Governor Romney -- 'Call Me, Maybe'

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 11:27 AM

While it may be unusual to evoke a Canadian voice, such as Carly Rae Jepsen, in the U.S. election, depending on the outcome this evening of the presidential vote, I hope to hear from either President Obama or Governor Romney about the below invitation:

Americans will cast their votes today...

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Remembering George McGovern

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 9:43 PM


In remembering George McGovern, I am especially envious of those who had known him for many decades, back to when he was first appointed by President Kennedy to lead America's effort to confront hunger in the world and his race for the presidency.

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The Morrill Act: A 19th Century Initiative With 21st Century Implications

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 7:03 PM

June 26 marked the culmination of a remarkable 46-day period during which we celebrated the sesquicentennial observance of three actions taken in the midst of the Civil War -- three actions that transformed America, and which today hold enormous promise as a model of international development and hunger alleviation for...

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2012 World Food Prize Laureate Promotes Peace Through Science

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 11:15 AM

One of my most riveting memories is of being in the historic Lutheran Cathedral in Oslo in December 2001 during the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize. There, in front of the altar, was Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, speaking to a Christian congregation about...

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